MCS Continues Tradition of Celebration of International Peace Day with our Silent Peace Walk

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In true Montessori form, the students of Montessori Community School celebrated the International Day of Peace today with our Silent Peace Walk.  The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on the 21st of September. It is dedicated to world peace and specifically the absence of war and violence. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, an obvious key beginning to peace for our world's future.To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from around the world, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan. There is an inscription on the...
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Students Learn How Their School is Powered by Renewable Energy

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The Montessori Community School has recently completed installation of one of Salt Lake City's largest private solar energy systems. The 52.2 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) array will create enough energy to provide most of the school's electrical needs throughout the year. The system is expected to operate for a maintenance-free life of more than 25 years.The project has a multiple objectives: To reduce dependence on outside electricity supply for the school, provide renewable energy education for students, lower demands on regional fossil fuel generators thus improving air quality, and raise community awareness about renewable energy options. A monitor screen in the school will track the system's performance in real time as a learning tool for students and the community.Current Energy Production at Montessori Community School Solar PanelsUsing conventional financing, the project is being funded by lowering electrical energy costs at the school, a grant from Rocky Mountain Power, and State and Federal...
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MCS Introduces Installation of Solar Panels

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In early September 2013, Montessori Community School of Salt Lake City will complete installation of one of the largest private solar energy systems in the state.  When completed, the large 52.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array, will create enough electricity to provide most of the school’s energy needs throughout the year.To add to the energy efficiency of the system, 197 Enphase micro-inverters (one per solar panel) are used to optimize energy output by working independently to harvest each panel’s potential, thereby mitigating the affects that periodic shade, snow and other factors may have on the collectors. A monitor screen in the school will be able to track the system's performance in real time as a learning tool for students and as a special interest feature for parents and interested public.Dr. Bob Buchanan and his wife, Robyn Eriwata-Buchanan, who own and operate the school, applied for Rocky Mountain Power’s Solar Incentive Program...
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Welcome Back!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Monday, 26 August 2013 in School News Welcome to the 2013-2014 Academic Year!Last week we got off to a great start.  We started classes on Wednesday and our returning students had a great day reconnecting with their teachers and friends.  Then, our new students joined class on Thursday.  It's always so much fun to see how our returning students use their well developed skills in Grace and Courtesy to embrace new children in their class.  Montessori's vision of the beauty of multi-age classrooms is apparent from the first day as the new students enter a room where older or more experienced children work busily and with purpose.  Students assist their teachers in giving lessons and serving as a role model to those who are just joining the group.The teachers are looking forward...
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2013-2014 School Calendars

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 in School News We are so excited about the upcoming school year!  We have missed many of our friends and are happy to have had our Summer Camp friends here to keep up company.  We hope you are all having a wonderful summer.  Below are listed the calendars for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.  Also, your Welcome Packet should be arriving shortly.  We invite you to take special note of the first day of school as some students start the 21st and some the 22nd. SEE YOU SOON! Click here for the 2013-2014 Toddler Calendar...calendar2013_2014toddlerspdf.pdfClick here for the 2013-2014 Early Childhood Calendar...calendar2013_2014-ec_pdf.pdf Click here for the 2013-2014 Elementary Calendar...calendar2013_2014elementarypdf.pdfClick here for the 2013-2014 Middle School Calendar...calendar2013_14middleschoolpdf.pdf Tags: Untagged

Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"

YOUNG CHILDRENSeptember 2001Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"By Alfie KohnNOTE: An abridged version of this article was published in Parents magazine in May 2000 with the title "Hooked on Praise." For a more detailed look at the issues discussed here -- as well as a comprehensive list of citations to relevant research -- please see the books Punished by Rewards and Unconditional Parenting.Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí.Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: "Good job!" Even tiny infants are praised for smacking their hands together ("Good clapping!"). Many of us blurt out these judgments of our children to the point that it has become almost a verbal tic.Plenty of books and articles advise us against relying on punishment, from spanking to forcible isolation ("time out"). Occasionally someone will even ask...
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“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Maria Montessori

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 in Parent Education Head of our Toddler Program, Nanette Cenaruzabeitia, shares about the incredible abilites of Toddler children and their sensitive period for independence. 

Tis the Season for Potty Training!

Seeks privacy when going in diaperShows interest in using the toilet - may want to put paper in and flush (even if they haven't been able to "go")Shows curiosity at other people's toilet habitsHas decided he/she wants to use the toiletNot afraid of the toiletWants to wear underpants and use the toiletWhat is the best way to approach toilet training?Be matter-of-factAvoid the power struggleOverlook failuresAvoid pressure or punishmentDon't lectureAvoid constant remindersRelaxAvoid extreme excitement or angerHow do and I start and when is the right time?Start slow at child's first interestAllow child in the bathroom with you or siblings when you use the toiletStart with simple things like: Dressing/undressing Practicing flushing Change diapers in the bathroom Change diapers standing up (when possible)Are there times I should avoid Toilet Learning?Any major changes in the child's life: New sibling, new school, new house Switching from crib to bed Weaning of bottles or pacifiers Major...
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How To Get Your Child To Listen....Jane Nelson

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Thursday, 20 June 2013 in Parent Education Now that summer has arrived and you are spending more time with your children I thought this video might be of use....ENJOY! Jane Nelson E.d. D., a parenting expert, shares ideas that support Montessori's respect of the child. 

Embark on a Reading Adventure....

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 in School News For the most part, Montessorians do not hugely advocate homework.  When parents ask what their children should be doing at home we commonly respond with a list of practical life activities that can benefit the child.  Some of these might include helping with the meal menu and preparation, planning activities or outings for the family, care of self, tree climbing and art projects. However, almost any educator will stress the importance of reading on a regular basis. Reading is enormously beneficial for a number of reasons.  Books have the ability to expand a child's world in a large variety of ways. Reading is a chance for children to experience more of the world.  Conflict and resolution are introduced through a variety of themes, giving children the opportunity...
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Summer Time and Screen Time!

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Summer time and the livin's easy....UNLESS your child is set to spend the majority of their summer in front of a screen of some kind. The statistics regarding children and screen time are absolutely FRIGHTENING these days.  Click here or here to read more about the ill effects of too much screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics have strongly suggested that children are over-exposed but we live in a society that thrives on ipods, ipads, iphones, video gaming, and more....Our kids are growing up in a generation that doesn't quite know how to function without a screen right at their fingertips.  My boys and I just moved to a new house and have been without television or internet for a month.  I kept delaying the process of getting us "connected" until the other night while I sat on my porch watching my boys (ages 10, 8 and 5) play a game...
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A Farewell from Robyn & Ramira

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A parent recently brought to our attention an article in Slate magazine about preschools. The article (read here) explores the question of whether preschools really give children an advantage in life. In an interesting reference to Montessori, the author cites Angeline Lillard’s research, which finds that “classical” Montessori programs--those that follow the mixed-age groupings, do not perform testing, and mainly present concepts with hands-on Montessori materials--do provide an advantage, more so than “supplemented” Montessori programs, which can segregate by age and mix traditional Montessori materials with activities like pretend play and direct instruction. Children in the classical Montessori program “exhibited better working memory, planning, reading, and vocabulary skills, and they displayed a better understanding of fairness and willingness to share.”Hearing about this article now seems appropriate, as we are continually assessing ourselves in an effort to remain as authentic to Montessori’s vision as possible.  In 2012-2013 we have been excited about...
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS - IT'S TIME FOR THE MCS FAMILY CARNIVAL!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 in School News  Tickets are on sale in the office now for our Annual MCS Family Carnival!Many thanks to those who have organized this exciting event!

"I'm so glad we are all good at different things."

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  "I'm so glad we are all good at different things."Today I was performing a task alongside a collegue of mine and I expressed how much I loved the task to which she responded with the above comment.  This struck a deep chord with me as I was preparing to write this webpost about the beauty of authenticity. All of the greatest improvements throughtout history have come from people who were able to think outside the box.  Anyone who has spent any amount of time with children knows that they are small people with BIG vision.  I applaud those parents who have embraced the uniqueness of their children and are making an effort to give them the continued gift of being unique in a society that largely embraces conformity.  As children discover their world they do so with their whole selves.  An engaged child often uses more than one sense to discover...
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In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week...

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The Spiritual Preparation of the Montessori Teacher The curriculum and the philosophy of Montessori are both based on her careful observation of individuals.  As she watched the children develop and explore their environment she brought essentials in to the environment that would support their natural development.  This action clearly supports her theory that entering a classroom and guiding a child in their development as a whole person means the teacher must be well prepared.  The teachers personal preparation and commitment to the students and their paths is extremely important.  Maria Montessori was the ultimate example of careful observation, preparation and honoring the spirit of the child.  But, as anyone who has participated in a Montessori training program can attest to, that preparation is necessary of any Montessori teacher. “The real preparation for education is a study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something...
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Bringing the Montessori Method Home

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"(Parents) alone can and must save their children.  Their consciences must feel the force of the mission entrusted to them by nature for...in their hands lies positively the future of humanity, life." Maria Montessori The philosophy of Montessori has, at some point, called to each one of us.  Over the years I have seen parents and teachers "fall for" Montessori for a variety of reasons and with a variety of intentions or hopes for its outcome.  Whatever the reason we chose this particular journey, it has probably become as clear to you as it has to me that a Montessori education is bigger than the 8 hours a day that our children spend inside the walls of Montessori Community School.  Our children are coming home with the ability to think  with initiative and innovation.  They have the desire to extend their learning outside the classroom.  From the time they are small, children...
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Green Committee Update by Chair, Ann Beverly

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 in School News Thank you to all the families who participated in the Children’s clothing swap last week. We had a record amount of clothes donated! I hope you all got to update your growing child’s wardrobe a little bit.   Glass recycling Wednesday is getting off on the right foot! Each week we continue to see more and more glass coming in for us to recycle. Keep it coming! I hope you find this a useful service.  I wanted to publicly acknowledge the Green Committee members who have made our efforts to green MCS a success this year. You are all amazing and passionate about improving the school and the environment for our children. One Green Committee member needs a little extra acknowledgement, Jaymison Peterson. With out Jaymison’s efforts the...
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Donate to an MCS family in need!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 in School News     Tags: Untagged

GLASS RECYCLING!

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FUN RUN!

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Posted by Britney Peterson Britney Peterson Britney Peterson has not set their biography yet User is currently offline on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 in School News As you are aware our Annual Service Fundraiser –the Fun Run- will be held on Wednesday, April 17th.  Our goal for this year is to raise at least $6500 for our two special Navajo grandmothers, Emma and Elvira, as well as our seven students from Ethiopia. As we have 220 students enrolled at this time this means that if each child could aim to raise $30 we would reach our goal. We are aware that this will be an easy target for some families and more difficult for others and want you to know that anything you can offer will be so gratefully received.The Adopt A Native Elder program has an excellent website that we invite you to view at this link- www.anelder.org The website gives so much...
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